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Car accident takes Ahmad Hijazi, School for Peace Director's life - August 2012 Yahoo! News

Founding member of Jewish-Arab village Neve Shalom dies in car accident - August 2012 Haaretz

Arab-Jewish Tensions Creep Into 'Peace Village' - June 2012 NPR (listen to the podcast)

Hard work is the way forward, says Bishop - January 2012 CISA News Africa

Lurie: Straight talks from Netanyahu?, by J. Zel Lurie - November 2011 South Florida Sun Sentinel

Israel and the Palestinians must face the inescapable, by Alon Ben-Meir - August 2011 Huffington Post

Program for Israeli-Palestinian Youths Returns to Boston College, by Sean Smith - July 2010 The Boston College Chronicle

Young adults, united in midst of conflict, by  Elizabeth Lundblad - July 2010 The Chautauquan Daily

Concerned about Israel and/or Palestine? Perhaps We Are Part of the Problem, by Lindsey Fielder Cool - September 2009 Friends Journal

Israel and the Palestinian Territories: An Oasis of Peace - 9/30/2009: Peace X Peace Blog "In July, Israel cut references to the Naqba, or catastrophe―the Palestinians’ term for their experience of Israel’s founding―from its textbooks. Yet there’s one place in Israel where both versions of history are honored: Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, the Oasis of Peace." The article also features words from AFNSWAS Executive Director, Deanna Armbruster.

Everywhere a Guest, Nowhere a Home: A Vision of Israel and Palestine - 9/22/2009: Religion Dispatches mentions the community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Sala.


Education revolution: Jewish students to study Mohammed, Arab pupils to learn about Herzl - 2/10/2009: Haaretz reports on an Israel Ministry of Education Committee's conclusion to encourage bilingual education.

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: "I live as if future is now" The Rumpus - December 2008 A three-part story of NSWAS published online by Jesse Nathan.

Where Jews and Arabs get along, The Christian Science Monitor - August 19, 2008

By AFNSWAS Executive Director, Deanna Armbruster. "In Israel, there is a village where Arabs and Jews live as neighbors. Both groups endeavor to create a just society that can be a model for peace in the region."

In Israel, an Oasis of Peace, The Los Angeles Times - September 25, 2007
Neve Shalom's residents, mostly left-leaning professionals and academics, have been tested by two Palestinian uprisings, war in Lebanon and a steep deterioration in relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel. At times, the two groups here triumphed over those divisive pressures. At others, they fell prey.

A Better Weapon, The Guardian - May 17, 2007
This weapon has proven efficacy, some would say, in bringing superpowers to their knees and in helping the underdog to triumph: non-violent resistance.

Qatari Foreign Minister Addresses ADC Gala, The Arab American News - December 2, 2006
The American Friends of NSWAS receives Building Bridges Award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination
Committee at its annual banquet in Michigan.

Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam, Adbusters: The Magazine - Nov/Dec 2006
Planted squarely on a barren hilltop in the no-man’s-land buffer zone between the West Bank and Israel, Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam – “Oasis of Peace” in both Hebrew and Arabic – glimmers hopefully in a desert of violence...

You Can Help Rebuild It, The Times Educational Supplement - August 4, 2006
In a village in Israel, Jewish and Arab families have found a way to share a community while learning about each others' lives, cultures and viewpoints...

An Oasis of Peace Surrounded by Hatred, The Independent (London) - July 27, 2006
In a unique village in Israel, halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, a class of six-year-olds is talking about peace and war...

Are There Peace Partners? Jewish News of Greater Phoenix - July 14, 2006
Ari Rath, former editor of The Jerusalem Post, knows that he is in a minority...

Roger Waters Performs in ‘Oasis of Peace’ Village in Israel - June 22-27, 2006
A look at various articles from this historic concert at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.

Jewish and Arab Children Uncover Church Mosaic, Jerusalem PostJune 2006
An article about archeology excavation by Jewish and Arab students at the NSWAS Primary School.

Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) to Play Concert at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam - April 17, 2006
A look at various articles about this upcoming event.

Neighbors, Not Enemies, North Jersey News March 29, 2006
A look at the Israeli elections in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the “Oasis of Peace.”

Vision of Peace Lives on in Village, Syracuse Post-Standard – March 4, 2006
This article reflects on the vision of village founder Father Bruno Hussar and the lasting impact of his work.

Good Mideast News, Baltimore Jewish Times, MD – July 26, 2005
An article about ALLMEP (the Alliance for Middle East Peace), a coalition of 27 NGOs that have banned together to garner support for Arab-Jewish coexistence programs. AFNSWAS was among the founding members of this organization.

Mideast Community Scorns Violence as the Norm, Express-News, San Antonio, TX - June 13, 2005
Two residents of the Oasis of Peace discuss how arguments do occur between Jews and Palestinians, but they are not resolved by violence.

Non-Profit Spotlight: American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, MideastConnect - May 8, 2006
This online journal spotlights the American Friends of NSWAS.

Sacred Activism, Seattle Times – April 16, 2006
A reporter promotes “sacred activism” or engagement and reconciliation and cites the “Oasis of Peace” as one of many positive examples of this type of work.

Two Calendars, One Holy Season & Interfaith Leaders See Lessons of Tolerance in Holy Days, Philadelphia Inquirer – October 4, 2005
Two articles about interfaith celebrations and study at the “Oasis of Peace.”

To Seek Middle East Peace, Seek Equality, The City Newspaper, Rochester, NY - April 20, 2005
An article about the Oasis of Peace with a bold question and answer section with Michal Zak and Abdessalam Najjar, two residents of the community who have each lived in the village for over 20 and 25 years, respectively.

A Message from the Oasis of Peace, April 13, 2005 & Jew, Palestinian to Describe Israeli Town of Peace, April 8, 2005
The Syracuse Post Standard of Syracuse, New York, ran two articles in order to shed light on the community of the “Oasis of Peace” and their efforts to promote dialogue, mutual respect and equality.

The Territory Beyond War, February 4, 2005
Beyond War, a nonprofit peace organization, featured Laila and Adi, two “Middle East Heroes,” living their lives as an example of peace. This article, written by Kevin Anselmo, was originally published in Global Heroes Magazine.

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: The "Oasis of Peace", Judaism - January 2005
A detailed article outlining the history of the community, its educational programs, and its impact and hopes for the future.

Help World Learn to Live in Harmony, New Jersey Express Times – December 26, 2004
Columnist Tony Nauroth writes about longtime friend and former band mate, Bob Mark, and the remarkable village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam that Bob currently resides in.

Qatar’s Queen Brings Word of Change, Detroit Free Press, MI – October 7, 2004
The queen of Qatar brought her message of change to a Dearborn crowd Saturday at the annual banquet of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee … One guest speaker who touched on the Arab-Israeli conflict was Abdessalam Najjar, the mayor of a unique city between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that is made up of both Israelis and Palestinians…”Peace can only be achieved by two empowered societies.”

Holy Land: A Place of Despair, A Place of Hope, The Columbian, WA – July 25, 2004
My brother Bob has been living in Israel for more than 20 years, and my invitation to come experience his world has been out there all that time. Finally, I made it. And Bob's world is unusual, even by Israeli standards. Bob Mark is the only American in a village known as Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, which is Hebrew and Arabic for "Oasis of Peace."

Learning to Fight for Peace, Ode Magazine - June 2004
"At the School for Peace Young Israelis and Palestinians talk to, quarrel with and scream at each other. They learn more about the people they label their enemies. Not to mention themselves."

A Real Roadmap for Peace: Laila and Adi’s Friendship, AP, Wayne Perry, April 9, 2004
Strangers who meet Laila Najjar and Adi Frish often scratch their heads and look confused. How, they ask, can a 20-year-old Arab be friends with someone whose government oppresses and kills Palestinians? And why, they wonder, would a 21-year-old Jew be friends with someone whose people turn themselves into human bombs, itching to kill Israelis? But peace and friendship are all the young women have ever known; they grew up together in an Israeli village founded three decades ago to prove that Arabs and Jews can live together in peace.

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